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The Aston Debates 2015

Aston Debates 2015

A series of five high-profile public meetings with a built-in question time, organised during the run-up to the 2015 General Election campaign. The Aston Debates will feature high-profile guest speakers, drawn from politics, business, academia and civil society, addressing issues likely to feature prominently during the campaign. The aim? To be informative, provocative and to ‘cut through the spin’.  

The Aston Debates will be held at Aston University in the heart of Birmingham, from 6.00-8.00 p.m. and will be facilitated by community activist and political radio presenter Charmaine Burton, a former Aston University student. Each event will be preceded by light refreshments (available from 5.30).

The Programme

25th February – Education – Who are schools for? How should they serve the community?

4th March – The Environment – How can we achieve a low carbon economy? Book your place HERE.

25th March – Health & Immigration – Can we still afford a National Health Service? Should we control our own borders? Book your place HERE.

As details of each event are confirmed, further information will be posted below. Click the title of the debate to learn more.

Who are schools for? How should they serve the community?

25 February, Sumpner Lecture Theatre, Aston University, Birmingham, 6.00-8.00 p.m.

Pre-event light refreshments will be available from 5.00 p.m. (Room MB652)

The ‘Trojan Horse’ affair has prompted important debates around the local management of schools, so-called ‘British values’, religious education and how schools can best serve diverse communities.

This is one of a series of high profile public meetings with a built-in question time, organised during the 2015 General Election campaign. The Aston Debates will feature high-profile guest speakers, drawn from politics, business, academia and civil society, addressing issues likely to feature prominently during the campaign. The aim? To be informative, provocative and to ‘cut through the spin’.

Guest Speakers:

Professor Stephen Gorard – Professor of Education and Public Policy, Durham University

Chris Keates – General Secretary of the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers

Richy Thompson – Campaigns Officer (Faith Schools and Education), British Humanist Association

The debate will be facilitated by community activist and political radio presenter Charmaine Burton, a former Aston University student.